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Luvtoread

Joined July 2016

In pursuit of good books. Book blogger. luvtoread.com
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Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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Woman 99: A Novel | Greer Macallister
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The beginning was slow, but I loved how it ended! While this had some frustrating plot points and characterization, the more I read, the more I liked it, and it ended very strongly and managed to surprise me! So all in all this was a solid read! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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The Woman in the Lake | Nicola Cornick
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Fast paced and intriguing, but a bit uneven. This is a back-and-forth in time historical fiction / suspense read and I was swept up in the mystery of it all! The two timelines are easy to tell apart, and each have memorable characters - with some you just love to hate! All in all this was a fascinating read that I enjoyed. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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Daughter of Moloka'i | Alan Brennert
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Compelling and sad historical fiction. Telling the story of Rachel‘s daughter, Ruth, this is a companion novel to Moloka‘i and while it was a good, emotional read, I didn‘t connect as well with the characters. Daughter of Moloka‘i stands up on its own, so you don‘t need to have read Moloka‘i to understand and appreciate this. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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Finding Dorothy: A Novel | Elizabeth Letts
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From the tough life on the plains, and what that meant for women and families, to the suffrage movement, to imagination in a world of grey, to love and life and family, this book was magic. I loved it! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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Victory Garden | Rhys Bowen
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A sweet and calming standalone historical fiction read. Set in England during WW1, this is a great read that talks about land girls, victory gardens, and herbal remedies. Some parts were predictable, but a good predictable. I really enjoyed this! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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I love this series so much and this was a great entry. Barker & Llewelyn‘s office gets bombed, Barker is injured, and Llewelyn is on the hunt to discover who the culprit is. So many people want Barker dead that suspects abound! Bring in Barker‘s mysterious brother Caleb, and you‘ve got a great mystery! Can‘t wait for the next one! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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The Rain Watcher: A Novel | Tatiana de Rosnay
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A quiet and contemplative read that really focuses on the characters. Set in modern day Paris during an epic rain storm, this read was more of a character study than big on plot. I enjoyed this read as it was so different than what I was expecting, though I feel some readers may find it too slow. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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I found this historical fiction read based on Alva Vanderbilt to be so fascinating and informative historically, but I didn‘t care for the characters. I had a tough time with Alva. I admired her and enjoyed reading her, but I didn‘t really like her. This would be a good book club read - so much to discuss! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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The Kennedy Debutante | Kerri Maher
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Fascinating history and readable characters, but the book drags in places. There‘s a lot of religious family drama here, and that surprised me. The Kennedy‘s are a fascinating family, and Kick Kennedy is full of life and energy. She was great fun to read about! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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A fun cozy mystery series set in the charming Bavarian town of Leavenworth, WA. Light on mystery, but where this book shines is with the setting and the characters. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

Millesent I so enjoy Ellie Alexander, especially this series. The new book should be coming out fall 2019. Do you read her other series, the bakeshop mysteries, and the flower shop mysteries? She also has a series written under Kate Dyer Seeley set in the Pacific Northwest. 3mo
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Another excellent mystery from Iona Whishaw! These characters just get more engaging with every book in the series. The mystery in this one was great - full of smarmy characters and good sleuthing. I really enjoy this series and can‘t wait for the next one! I voluntarily reviewed a copy provided by the publisher.

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Treacherous Is the Night | Anna Lee Huber
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While Verity is again likable and compelling in this entry, I struggled to like this read. I‘m not a big fan of Sidney, and he is in most of this book. I found this mystery to be a bit confusing and have too many extra characters, but I still enjoyed the setting and the character of Verity, so I‘m torn on this one. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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I really loved this sweet read! Told from multiple POVs and traveling back and forth in time, we learn about the making of carousels. I enjoyed the characters and the setting, and really just wanted to stay within the pages of this book! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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What a twisty, puzzling read! I loved it! This is a complicated mystery that keeps twisting and turning, but it was a lot of fun and I couldn‘t put it down. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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It Begins In Betrayal | Iona Whishaw
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I loved this entry in the Lane Winslow series! While our main characters (Lane, Darling, & Ames) are separated for most of the book, I was still invested in each of their storylines and looked forward to reading it. Can‘t wait for the next book!! I voluntarily reviewed a copy provided by the publisher.

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After Nightfall | A. J. Banner
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This one is tough for me to review! I was interested in the story, and I couldn‘t put it down, but the characters and plot weren‘t all that different from other books out there. I don‘t think I‘ll remember this one for much longer, but it was definitely a quick, entertaining read! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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I loved this book and in particular loved the character of Chula, an imaginative seven year old girl. I was fascinated by this story set in Columbia during the time of Pablo Escobar. With memorable scenes and intriguing characters, this is a story I won‘t soon forget! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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An Old, Cold Grave | Iona Whishaw
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I‘m really loving this series! Great characters, great character interactions, and great mysteries. This one involves a “cold case”. I can‘t wait to read the next one! I voluntarily reviewed a copy provided by the publisher.

Jess_Read_This ❤️I love this series!! 1y
Luvtoread It‘s such a great series! I can‘t wait to read more! 1y
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Half Moon Bay: A Novel | Alice LaPlante
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I really loved this psychological suspense read and was drawn in by the realistic main character and the beautiful but claustrophobic setting. I was hooked from beginning to end! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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Fawkes: A Novel | Nadine Brandes
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An alright read that I didn‘t quite connect with. I think I was too old for this book, and I couldn‘t connect with the main conflict so never felt much excitement or drive to read this. But, I do think some people will really love the mix of magic and history! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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Before and Again | Barbara Delinsky
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I found this to be much too slow and therefore found it too long. I did enjoy the characters and the romance, but found it too detail heavy. Which is a shame, as I did love the characters and the overall themes. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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All We Ever Wanted | Emily Giffin
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I struggled with this one. While the book was fast-paced and held my attention, there were too many unlikeable characters and too much focus on money and status for me. This would make for a great book club read as there is much to discuss! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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I found this to be rather slow. It gets more interesting as it goes along, but it was hard for me to get into the story and I didn‘t connect with the main character. While this had interesting historical detail, and I think some will really love this, for me it was too slow. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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Death at the Selig Studios | Frances McNamara
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What a fun, fascinating mystery set in 1909 Chicago and focusing on silent films. I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery and the historical setting. What a great book! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher.

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What a fun summer read! Gossipy, breezy, and utterly readable! Full of fascinating information regarding the Kennedy‘s. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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Another fun entry in the Lane Winslow mystery series! While this one wasn‘t as page turning as book one was, the characters are so enjoyable and I love learning more about them and reading their interactions with each other. Definitely recommended for those who enjoy historical mysteries. I voluntarily reviewed a copy provided by the publisher.

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What an enjoyable mystery! I loved the story and really enjoyed the characters and their interactions with each other. Can‘t wait to read more of this wonderful historical mystery series! I voluntarily reviewed a copy provided by the publisher.

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A gripping historical mystery that will transport you to 1910 New York City! I loved this mystery, from the main character of Jane, to the setting, and the plot. The mystery was compelling and intriguing, and kept me guessing. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

RaimeyGallant Great review. 2y
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Another great entry in the Oakwood Mystery series! While this one was a bit more serious in tone than the previous entries, I enjoyed the shift in tone but also missed the lightness in the previous books. Can‘t wait for the next entry! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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The Beloveds | Maureen Lindley
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Unsettling and mysterious, but I didn‘t care for the ending at all ! Atmospheric and at times eerie, The Beloveds was very entertaining, but I was not a fan of the ambiguous ending. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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I found this jumpy, and hard to follow in places, but overall I really enjoyed this and it had a fabulous ending! Fascinating historical fiction that had me hooked to the end! The back and forth / backwards timeline was confusing in places, but well worth it in the end. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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Everyone should read this book! This is the story of Anthony Ray Hinton who was wrongly imprisoned on Death Row for 30 years (!!). This is a must read as it highlights the faults of the US legal system and makes the reader think about justice. I loved this book and couldn‘t put it down. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

MrsSpencer Oh this is def my type of read! 2y
Luvtoread It‘s such a great read!! 2y
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The Recipe Box: A Novel | Viola Shipman
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What a sweet, yummy book this was! I thoroughly enjoyed The Recipe Box which focuses on family, finding one‘s self and food. Sometimes it was a bit too sugary sweet for me, but I overall very much enjoyed this, and even baked one of the recipes included in the book. (It turned out great!) I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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Tuscan Child | Rhys Bowen
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Oh I was so disappointed by this! I love Rhys Bowen‘s books, but this one was just too slow and serious for me. I kept waiting for the lightness and fun of her previous books to come through, and it never did. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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A Well-Timed Murder | Tracee de Hahn
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I‘m really loving this series! This was an intriguing and fascinating murder mystery. Nothing too graphic, and it was smart and clever. Can‘t wait for the next one! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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By the Book | Julia Sonneborn
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This was such a cute read! A modern retelling of Jane Austen‘s Persuasion, By the Book was sweet and fun. Nothing too unexpected, but it was a lovely read. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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This was such a great book! I loved it so much and was sucked in from the beginning! Telling the true story of Mary Pickford and Frances Marion, The Girls in the Picture was a fascinating look at the early days of Hollywood. Highly recommended!! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher.

Tadams4 Nice review! 2y
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Carnegie's Maid: A Novel | Marie Benedict
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I really enjoyed this fast paced historical fiction novel! Told from the POV of Clara, a ladies maid to Andrew Carnegie‘s mother, Carnegie‘s Maid takes us to 1860s Pittsburgh and was a great story. I really enjoyed this! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher.

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Strong ending, but such a long, slow time to get there! I thought this was going to be more suspenseful than it was, and feel a bit misled from the synopsis. While the ending was very strong, the book definitely took its time to get there! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher.

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The Music Shop | Rachel Joyce
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A bit more romantically focused than I was expecting, but still an enjoyable read! This book also has a heavy focus on music, and Ioved reading the sections devoted to music. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher.

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What a fun book! I loved the setting and thought the mystery was cute. I had the same problem that I had with book one, in that I couldn‘t remember anything specific about the main characters. But the setting is enjoyable and I‘ll definitely be reading more of the series once it‘s released! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley.

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I enjoyed the setting of Sonoma County (my home county!) and also the mystery of this start to a new series. While I enjoyed the plot & setting, I did find the antics of the main character annoying as she behaved as a typical cozy mystery heroine behaves (meddling w law enforcement, the crime scene, etc). I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy from the publisher.

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Telling the story of Ada Byron King, Enchantress of Numbers was a fascinating look at the early stages of computers. A bit long, but it tells interesting history that I was unaware of before reading this! I reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher.

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A fun atmosphere and delicious sounding food and wine, but ultimately forgettable. Too many characters, but the setting is great! I‘m not sure I‘ll continue with this series, but I do enjoy the authors other books. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC provided by the publisher.

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Death on Tap | Ellie Alexander
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A fun cozy mystery set in the Bavarian-styled town of Leavenworth, Washington. Great setting & theme (beer), but the mystery aspect was very light. This didn‘t really bother me because I enjoyed the setting and theme so much, but those looking for a lot of mystery may be disappointed. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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Another solid entry in the Barker & Llewelyn mystery series! This one deals with the murder of the Japanese Ambassador and the formation of the Japanese embassy in London. I didn't connect with any of the many new characters & red herrings in the book, but I found the historical information fascinating. I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

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A cute, fast, fun read that is geared towards readers. Told in letter format, Annie, a librarian, writes letters to various books. I hadn't read a lot of the titles mentioned, but still was able to enjoy this book! There are some sexual references and swearing, but all in all it was enjoyable and added more books to my TBR! I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley.

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This Side of Murder | Anna Lee Huber
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I loved this historical mystery! Fun & engaging, This Side of Murder takes place after WWI. Verity Kent, our heroine who was widowed in the war, is a logical and cool character. Can't wait to read more adventures with Verity! I voluntarily reviewed an eARC copy I received from the publisher via NetGalley.

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Death of a Busybody | George Bellairs
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A good, solid mystery with enjoyable characters. There was nothing too flashy or convoluted about the plot, and the strength of this book is in the characters. A classic, small town mystery. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.

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See What I Have Done | Sarah Schmidt
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Interesting & disturbing. It has a different writing style that utilizes repetition, and this style is not for everyone. Sometimes I liked the repetition, other times it was frustrating. This is a very dark book with fascinating, unlikeable characters. I didn't really care for the book, but it definitely held my interest! I voluntarily reviewed a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.